I picked up photography from my family. Someone made a joke once during a family gathering that in order to belong to the family, you’d have to own a DSLR. I now own a Nikon D300s.
I enjoy capturing people. I love capturing raw emotion and life in action. This kind of photography inspires me, but not only that- it inspires my life. It inspires me to find meaning in everything. A very talented young lady called it ‘capturing life’s insignificant moments’, and I thank her for putting it that way, because that is exactly what I try to achieve.
I also dabble substantially in film. Film photography reminds me that every single shot I take has the potential to mean something; that every click of the shutter causes an image to be permanently imprinted on the film. No takebacks, no editing. I’m trying to challenge myself to learn my way around the dark room.
For a list of cameras that I own, see my FAQ.
Writing is something I’ve done ever since I could. My first ‘book’ was about my family’s vacation to a resort, and my mother illustrated it (I unfortunately did not inherit any drawing ability). In primary school, I would write stories about rich little girls who could afford pretty dresses. Upon request, I wrote a science fiction short story when I was twelve that was submitted to the Ministry of Education. In my first two years of high school, I wrote about my discontent with school hierarchy and became actively involved in fan-fiction communities. My last two years of high school was devoted to Twilight fan-fiction (I’m still ashamed of myself) and a variety of original works. Now, I only write original fiction, as I explore the many ways to take cliches and make them my own. I also write what God puts in my heart, and what I feel will inspire others. I aspire to work or volunteer for non-profits and hope to use my gift for words in that area. TWLOHA is my first choice.
Dance is another form of art that I’ve grown up with. I’ve studied ballet since I was three, and since then, I have also studied jazz, contemporary, hip hop and a variety of ballroom techniques. I enjoy the technical aspect of dance the most, and hence ballet is still my favourite genre. One of the things I love best about dance is the way emotions and a story is conveyed purely through movement. I also love the amount of work behind it, and I plan on continuing my dance training for as long as my body will let me.